TalkinGolf

Serious talk for serious golfers

About the show

The podcast network for serious golfers. TalkinGolf launched as an online audio show way back before podcasts (or even the iPhone) were a thing. We've been on an extended break since 2012 but now we're back and creating new and interesting content each week as well as a sprinkling of some of the best stuff from the archives.

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Episodes

  • Episode 85: TGH 85: A Golf Historian's Guide to St Andrews Part 1

    June 27th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  1 hr 5 mins
    golf, golf history, old tom morris, open championship, st andrews, the open

    We welcome back St Andrews Golf Historian, Roger McStravick to TalkinGolf History to give our listeners a walking tour of the Auld Grey Toon that will be hosting the 150th playing of the Open Championship.

    A very special thanks to Monty Python and the Holy Grail for adding some much needed humor to the podcast.

  • Episode 84: TGH 84: The Champion Who Lost His Mind

    June 14th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  43 mins 43 secs
    brookline, golf, johnny mcdermott, major champion, us open, usga

    TalkinGolf - the golf podcast that's made in Australia but heard around the world

  • Episode 83: TGH 83: The Caucasian Clause

    May 16th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  26 mins 38 secs
    caucasian clause, golf, golf history, pga, pga championship

    This is the story of how the PGA of America's Caucasian Clause came to be and how it was banished in 1961, and how three men fought back against professional sports only racist bylaw.

    This podcast tells the stories of triumph and misery which take place from 1896 to 1962.

    A special thanks to our musicians
    Matty Cupelli - "Touch"
    Music Fellows - "Dream"
    MRTN - "Searching"
    MRTN - "Fragile"
    Three amazing artists and four amazing songs which help us tell this story.

  • Episode 82: TGH 82: An Author's Journey with Stephen Proctor

    May 9th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  1 hr 17 mins
    golf, golf history, history, st andrews, stephen proctor, tom morris

    A fabulous interview with the man St Andrews' Golf Historian, Roger McStravick once called, "the Bernard Darwin of our times,"

    My friend, golf historian and author, Stephen Proctor joins the show to talk about his new book, "The Long and Golden Afternoon," how the book connects his previous book, "Monarch of the Green" and in the process he shares his own golf history and a preview of his upcoming sabbatical walking in the footsteps of Old Tom Morris.

  • Episode 81: TGH 81: The History & Restoration of Cobbs Creek

    April 21st, 2022  |  Season 4  |  1 hr 19 mins
    cobbs creek, golf, golf history, philadelphia, usga

    I am joined by authors, historians and golf course architecture enthusiasts, Mike Cirba and Dr. Joseph Bausch to discuss the amazing history and the future restoration of Philadelphia’s first public golf course, Cobbs Creek.

  • Episode 80: TGH 80: The Champion Without a Major

    March 31st, 2022  |  Season 4  |  1 hr 1 min
    babe ruth, baseball history, golf, golf history, pga, sam byrd, the masters

    TalkinGolf History proudly presents Episode #80: The Champion Without a Major, which tells the story of Sam Byrd - a man who once won a World Series with Babe Ruth, a man Bobby Jones once called the "greatest driver of the golf ball he ever saw" and the only man to ever play in both the World Series and the Masters.

    If that isnt good enough for you - listen in and hear the amazing story of how Babe Ruth contributed to modern day golf instruction!!!

    An amazing episode with returning guest, John Fischer.

  • Episode 79: TGH 79: A Golf Historian's Scavenger Hunt EP 1

    March 12th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  19 mins 20 secs
    golf history; oakmont; seminole; chicago golf club; scavenger hunt; golf

    The first and hopefully not the last of a series we call, "A Golf Historian's Scavenger Hunt," where your host Connor T. Lewis will discuss historical artifacts from all over the world - share their story and how hard it would be for you to view that item.

    This episode will take you to Chicago Golf Club, Oakmont CC and Seminole Golf Club for a show that we think will be unlike any other. Come for the history and stay for the great stories. An insiders look into strange artifacts and how they shaped the game of golf.

    A special thanks to the artists who were so kind to allow the show to use their music:

    Oak Studios presents "I Just Want Quiet"
    Harry Lightfoot presents "Return Triumphant"
    Johnny Easton presents "Purpose"

  • Episode 78: TGH 78: The Rise & Demise of Penfold Golf

    February 28th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  1 hr 20 secs
    golf, golf equipment, golf history, james bond, mygolfspy, penfold golf

    Another great episode from our series on the birth and death of great golf companies. We welcome back John Barba of MyGolfSpy to the show to tell the unbelievable story of Penfold Golf - the company that wouldn't die...until it did.

    If you are a fan of James Bond, you may remember that James Bond played a Penfold Hearts Golf Ball.

  • Episode 77: TGH 77: A Golf Historian's Guide to Pinehurst

    January 24th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  1 hr 20 mins
    donald ross, golf, golf history, pinehurst, pinehurst resort, usga

    After a year in the works the TalkinGolf History Podcast is proud to release, "A Golf Historian's Guide to Pinehurst" an in depth and intimate look at Pinehurst through the eye's of one of its historians. Pinehurst is called America's Home of Golf - listen in and learn how it earned that moniker.

    A special thanks to our guest, Chris Buie, the Pinehurst Resort and the Tufts Archives for hosting us. If you have the opportunity please consider donating to the Tufts Archives.

  • Episode 76: TGH 76: Mr. 59

    January 10th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  1 hr 27 mins
    al geiberger, golf, golf history, golf record, mr. 59, pga, pga championship

    A wonderful interview with the wonderful man, Al Geiberger, the first man in the history of golf to break golf's version of the 4 minute mile...breaking 60!

    We dive into how Mr. Geiberger entered the game, his early amateur days, his stories from the tour which include Ben Hogan and Sam Snead, his PGA Championship, his Players Championship and of course a run down of his 59 and how he kept himself in the zone.

    We would like to take a moment to thank La Quinta Country Club for allowing us to record our interview in their boardroom.
    Also very special thanks to artist Jim Fitzpatrick for allowing TalkinGolf History to use his painting of Mr. 59!

  • Episode 75: TGH 75: The Rise and Demise of Spalding Golf

    November 22nd, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 35 mins
    golf clubs, golf history, golf innovation, harry vardon, mygolfspy, spalding

    This is the first of many episodes that will be titled, "The Rise and Demise of," these episodes will cover the birth, the rise and the demise of some of the most influential golf manufacturers in history. We are joined by MyGolfSpy's own John Barba who did the wonderful research on Spalding Golf.

    Don't sleep on this episode if you aren't a gear head...this episode dives into how Spalding grew golf in America!!!

  • Episode 74: TGH 74: The Legacy of Willie Park Part 2

    November 6th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  45 mins 35 secs
    claret jug, golf, golf history, musselburgh, st andrews, the open, tom morris, willie park

    The conclusion of our two part podcast on the Legacy of Willie Park Senior. This episode includes the stories of Open Champions Mungo and Willie park Junior as well as the history of the only 9 hole golf course to host an Open Championship, Musselburgh Links.

    A special thanks to my new friend, Mungo Park. Make sure to look out for Mungo's new book in 2022 on the history of Musselburgh Links and the Park Family.

    I would like to thank my 10 year old daughter, Charlotte for closing out the show today.

  • Episode 73: TGH 73: The Voice of Inverness

    September 2nd, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 39 mins
    golf, golf history, inverness club, lpga, solheim cup, us open, usga

    TalkinGolf - the golf podcast that's made in Australia but heard around the world

  • Episode 72: TGH 72: The Legacy of Willie Park Senior

    August 16th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 11 mins
    golf, musselburgh, open championship, r&a, st andrews, willie park

    TalkinGolf History welcomes the Great Grandson of our first major championship winner to the show to discuss his Great Grandfather's Legacy - the first Open Championship winner, 4 time Open Champion, brother to an Open Champion and son to a two-time Open Champion.

    The Park Legacy is not spoken with the same reverance we give to his counterpart who lived in St Andrews. On our show, Mungo Park and I discuss why the voices of the Park's have been muted by time along with the golfing history of the Honourable Town known as Musselburgh.

  • Episode 71: TGH 71: The Legacy of Tom Morris Part 2

    July 13th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 19 mins
    golf, old course, old tom morris, st andrews, the open, young tom morris

    In Part 2 of the Legacy of Tom Morris we start with the phenom of Young Tom Morris. We then weave through the lives of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris with our historians Roger McStravick and Stephen Proctor as we help tell this wonderful tale of two of the greatest golfers that ever lived.

    Not to be missed:
    Old Tom Morris' golf design work
    His gift to Green Keepers
    The Greatness of Young Tom Morris
    and...
    Perhaps two stories about these legends that you might not have known.

  • Episode 70: TGH 70: The Legacy of Tom Morris Part 1

    July 6th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  59 mins 26 secs
    golf, golf history, old course, old tom morris, open championship, r&a, young tom

    TalkinGolf History presents The Legacy of Tom Morris Part 1. This is a two part podcast. Part 1 dives into the history of Old Tom Morris, his relationship with Allan Robertson, his rivalry with Willie Park and the Birth of the Open Championship.

    We are joined by two golf historians, Roger McStravick of St Andrews an expert on the life of Old Tom Morris and Stephen Proctor who is an expert on the life of Young Tom Morris together for the first time they discuss the History and Legacy of Tom Morris.

    In part 2 we will dive into the lives of both Old and Young Tom Morris.